COC Metro exists to make followers of Jesus who SEEK, EQUIP & SERVE
MISSION, we call it our ~ 32B
SEEK God in worship and people who are far from Him
EQUIP people through community and scripture
SERVE both God and people inside and outside the church
These components are modeled throughout all areas of our ministry, from the youngest of children to the senior adult. The local church is the hope of the world and we want to bring glory to God through fully engaging in His plan for this world.
In the fall of 2005, while Pastor Brad was the Associate Pastor at Midway Church in Aubrey, TX, God began to prompt his heart as well as the heart of his wife, Sarah, with this idea of planting a church on the 380 Corridor somewhere between Denton and McKinney. With the obvious growth that was happening on this corridor, Brad and Sarah knew the area was an ideal place to launch a new, Biblically solid, vibrant & culturally relevant church. As Brad and Sarah continued praying they also became aggressive in the process of seeking a church planting organization to partner with them in this endeavor. God led them to Converge Worldwide and in particular the leadership of Converge Southwest. Converge Worldwide continues even now to lead the way in partnering with pastors / ministries in the area of Planting and Strengthening churches. October 0f 2006 Pastor Brad and Sarah attended the Converge USA Church Planting Assessment Center in Greenlake, Wisconsin, where they were unanimously approved as future Converge Church Planters. Along with the partnership of Converge, Brad and Sarah had the blessing and endorsement of Midway Church, to not only plant with Converge Worldwide but to be birthed out of Midway as a daughter church. Along with Converge and Midway Church, COC Metro had a sister ministry that played a major role in her birth, immediate success, coaching and long-term advancement. COC Metro is the sister church of the Church of Celebration (COC) in Maricopa, AZ, Pastor Josh Barrett. Josh and COC in Arizona, continue to be a blessing in the life of COC Metro as both ministries continue to partner together on many endeavors.
After the assessment process was complete, Pastor Brad and Sarah shifted into high gear as the process of church planting began to speed up tremendously. In June of 2007, COC Metro, began holding monthly Bible studies and Vision Casting meetings in the home of Rick and Geri Newton in Paloma Creek North. Twenty four adults and ten children attended the very first meeting. Those meetings continued on a monthly basis until Brad was finished up his duties as the Associate Pastor at Midway Church on October 27, 2007. At that time the monthly meetings transitioned to weekly. The weekly meetings continued on Tuesday evenings in November and then transitioned to Saturday evenings in December when COC Metro began meeting in the waiting room at the Country Chiropractic offices. By the end of January, 2008, 34 to 40 adults were cramming their selves into this waiting room weekly, anticipating what God was doing and what He had yet to do!
In February, 2008, COC Metro hosted it’s first public preview service at the Savannah Elementary School. 148 were in attendance and it was clear to the leadership that the church could no longer meet at the Chiropractic offices. So, by faith, COC Metro continued to lease Savannah Elementary on Saturday nights where they had church through the end of August 2008. With a targeted launch date in the fall of 2008, Brad would often tell the congregation and guest that COC Metro was practicing church, getting ready for it’s Grand Opening coming soon in September.